HBO Max has set its main cast for the streamer’s Dead Boy Detectives pilot, according to Variety. The Doom Patrol spin-off is based on DC Comics characters created by Neil Gaiman and artists Matt Wagner and Malcolm Jones III in The Sandman #25.
The three lead roles will be played by George Rexstrew as Edwin Paine, Jayden Revri (The Lodge) as Charles Rowland, and Kassius Nelson (Last Night in Soho) as Crystal Palace. Production on the pilot is currently underway.
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“The one-hour series would follow the Dead Boy Detectives — Charles Rowland (Revri) and Edwin Paine (Rexstrew) — who decided not to enter the afterlife in order to stay on earth and investigate crimes involving the supernatural. They are joined by Crystal Palace (Nelson), a living psychic medium,” describes the synopsis.
The cast also includes Alexander Calvert (Supernatural, Arrow) as Thomas The Cat King; Briana Cuoco (The Flight Attendant, Harley Quinn) as Jenny, described as a mildly punk butcher and a confidant of Crystal Palace; Jenn Lyon (Claws, Justified) as Esther, described as a witch obsessed with youth and immortality; Yuyu Kitamura (The Expatriates, Mother Tongue) as Niko, a boarding school student intent on joining the Dead Boy Detectives agency who now lives above Jenny’s butcher shop; and Ruth Connell (Supernatural, For the Love of George) who will play Night Nurse, a demon that controls the flow of souls in the afterlife. Connell previously played the character in Doom Patrol.
In Doom Patrol Season 3, Sebastian Croft and Ty Tennant played Rowland and Paine, while Madalyn Horcher portrayed Palace. According to Variety, none of them are attached to the spin-off pilot.
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The Dead Boy Detectives pilot is being written and executive produced by The Flight Attendant’s Steve Yockey with Doom Patrol TV series creator Jeremy Carver executive producing. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and David Madden will also executive produce for Berlanti Productions. Warner Bros. Television is the studio.